Five Steps to Turning Your Flat into An Elegant home

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“Do you know what elegance is? It is not only what you are wearing, it is how you wear it, who you are inside. It is the way you decorate your house, what you surround yourself with, what books you read and what your interests are.” -Carolina Herrera

Without a doubt, achieving elegance in our homes would be difficult as elegance is subjective, much like beauty is. Incorporating a bit of elegance in our homes is not straightforward and can feel a bit frustrating at times. However, there are universal concepts that we can all agree on that would make a home truly elegant such as the ones below. Whether you are sprucing up your condo unit in Arbor Lanes or looking for a way to bring a touch of sophistication to your homes, here are the steps to making your homes truly elegant:

1.) Select a color theme

A color theme that does not clash and highlights the most important aspects and elements of your home is imperative in turning your homes into an elegant dwelling. Select a color palette consisting of at least 2-3 main colors with 3-4 complimentary colors—make sure that these colors go well together and would work in harmony. A good example is to tale main colors such cream, brown, and green while your complimentary colors should be shades lighter or darker than your main colors. Examples would be ivory, beige, and champagne. Do not go for colors that heavily contrast each other unless you are looking to contrast colors for a specific feature in a room.

2.) Choose the main items to highlight

Highlighting a main object in a room not only gives it significance, but it significantly increases the elegant and sophistication factor of your room. Some of the items you can highlight are major furnishings such as book shelves, a large sofa or even the room itself by utilizing creative paintwork and excellent carpeting.

3.) Create a focus in the room

Unlike choosing main items to highlight, the focus of a room should be the center point or feature that would catch the eye upon entrance of the room. It should draw eyes and start conversations whenever people are in the room. It can be a rather uncanny object such as an unusual chair or bookcase, an intricately framed mirror, a wall of photos or an abstract painting. Let this be the one attraction of the room and let everything else support and complement it. Remember to only add one focus as when you incorporate too many aspects; it creates visual noise that would result in a stressful rather than a unified look.

4.) Clean up the clutter

Clutter is another source of visual noise, and it tends to detract a room’s elegance and beauty. Stuff such as mail, magazines, shopping catalogs and even remote controls should be stowed away as it is not pleasing to look at with the rest of your décor. Do not have too many items or trinkets on display and set a rule on how many items should be on any counter or table surface.

5.) Select beautiful things to give your home a soul

Let your décor speak about your home’s character as well as show a glimpse of what their inhabitants are like. One of the features of an elegant home is a well-loved home, so decorate but do not go overboard. Select some of the most beautiful things that have some meaning to you and place them strategically in your home. Some souvenirs from your travels may do the trick, a unique center piece on your dining table or works of art you have done are great selections for this. Additionally, these items are also great conversation starters as they create a spark of interest in a home. Steer clear from overly minimalistic kind of decorating as they make your homes look dull and without life.

 

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A Simple Guide for Finding a Retirement-Friendly Home

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Let’s admit it! Not all of us would have thought about having a retirement-friendly home, right? Obviously, one thing that would first come up into our minds when we talk about home renovations is the modern way of renovating the house. Well, modern design is not that bad at all. However, if you are living with elders, you also have to think about having a retirement-friendly home whether you are residing in South Park District or any other real estate properties in the Philippines.

But if you are one of those homeowners who just doesn’t have any idea at all on what and what not to do when it comes to home renovations, then you might want to consider these home features that would make up a retirement-friendly home.

Accessible kitchen counters

For some homeowners, just because they are tall, that doesn’t mean they are also going to make high countertops. Of course, you also have to ensure that everyone can access to it, especially when it comes to the elders. Make sure that the edges of the counter are also not pointed that would lead to some accidents. Moreover, choose a home design with kitchen countertops that have the right height.

A ground floor master bedroom

When it comes to elders, you have to treat them in a gentle way. That is why having a ground floor master bedroom is one of the things you can do for them. It is expected that some of them already have arthritis, back problems, and other physical health conditions that could affect their mobility as they age. Of course, this matter should not be taken lightly. Make sure that they will not be struggling when it comes to go to and fro from their bedroom.

Lever-style doorknobs and faucets

This is also one of the many things you should consider before deciding some home renovations. Make sure that the doorknobs and faucets are easier to grab and open or close, especially when both hands are busy handling things. This is also one way to prevent them from hassles, especially for someone with shaky hands.

Open floor plans

Having an open floor plan will be much easier for the elders to navigate and walk around the house. They won’t be worried about tripping off due to the things in front of them. Open floor plans will also give them enough space to move around the house. For family members, this is also one way to keep an eye on your elderly relatives easily.

Removing the walls of your home is one thing that can make a retirement-friendly home. With the spaces provided, this will invite more nature light from your windows to come in and make your living space feel comfortable.

Non-slip, no-trip showers

One of the struggles most elders experience is the shower. Of course, the bathroom would be slippery, especially after using it. Even if it is just a minor accident due to a slippery floor, this can lead to displaced joints, slips and other serious injuries. I’m sure you don’t want that something bad might happen to the elders, right? And God forbid!
That is why it is a must for you to install floor-to-ceiling glass doors and level the bathroom floors to prevent accidental falls. Moreover, you can use non-slip mats, rugs and small tools that would help the elders move without any accidents while using the bathroom.

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Feng Shui 101: 3 Ways to make your Home a haven of good Fortune for the year of the Rooster

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“Feng Shui is the study of the environment and how it affects people. It has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with space that promotes feelings of happiness and well-being”- Cathleen McCandless

“Feng Shui is about reclaiming your life’s energy and directing it towards balance and purpose. The result is greater harmony in your space and life.” -Wahida Young

One of the best ways to usher in the new Chinese New Year is to make certain that your home is auspicious to the designated Chinese Zodiac. According to Chinese Zodiac enthusiasts, 2017 marks the year of the Fire Rooster or alternatively known as the Fire Phoenix. Feng Shui experts have slated this year as an excellent time for transformation. Incidentally, homeowners are known to make some new changes during the start of the year which would make it the perfect opportunity to begin your own home’s transformation. To make it more favorable for this year of the rooster, utilize the tips below so that regardless of whether you are living in Ayala Bacolod or elsewhere, you would invite good fortune in.

1.) Make sure your home is ready

At the start of any year, whether Chinese or Gregorian, it is always best to welcome it by cleaning your home. In fact, a general practice of feng shui is to clear away the clutter in your homes to improve the flow of energy. Without a doubt, a clutter free home makes for less stress and it would be a whole lot easier to arrange and decorate as you wish and make it even more auspicious for the coming new year.
After making your place ready, you can then identify which sectors of your home are considered lucky and unlucky for this year. With a compass, identify which areas of your home are the south, north, east, and west ends.

2.) Ward off bad luck

For this year, Chinese Feng Shui master has identified the south, southwest, west and northwest as the unlucky sectors of the home for 2017. Do not place too much emphasis on these areas lest you invite misfortune such as accidents, financial challenges, accidents and even harrowing experiences. To prevent an “activation” of these unlucky sectors, it is best not to linger or sleep in any of these areas. As an added precaution, you can put five stones in a can and place it on the south side of the home. This will aid the metal element to neutralize the earth element which is the bringer of misfortune. Additionally to counteract illness, place a glass of salt or a salt lamp in the northwest area of your home. Prevention of burglary, theft, and betrayal can be done by placing a glass of water in the southwest sector and when placed in the west, it can ward off misunderstandings and anger.

3.) Inviting good fortune

Of course, there are also ways to invite good fortune and luck in the new year—particularly in the north, center, east, southeast and northeast areas of your home. The more time you spend in these areas, the better your chances are of enhancing your luck. Apart from lingering in these areas, you need to make sure that they are well-lit as this is one of the surefire ways to make them more receptive to positive energy. Additionally, colors would play a pivotal role in bringing good fortune to a home all of which would depend on the direction a home is facing. This is incredibly ideal for those with homes who are in need of a fresh coat. So, if you are planning to repaint your home, consider the color that would best enhance the energy that flows around it.

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Four Advantages of Living with Extended Family

 

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“It is through our extended family that we first learn to compromise and come to an understanding that even if we do not always agree about things we can still love and look out for each other.” –Sara Sheridan

 

Close family ties and tight-knit relationships are two characteristics that are definitive of Filipino culture.

The typical family home of a Filipino does not only consist of the parents and the kids; but it also extends well beyond to the other relatives such as the grandparents, the aunts, and uncles (and in some cases, even the niece and nephews). It is for this reason that Filipinos foster a great relationship with their relatives as they have been known to see their formative years with them in the home. In fact, save for a different few, Filipino children are known to live in the family home until the day get married, and even then, there would be couples who would choose to continue to living with their parents or several in-laws. Well-meaning friends and relatives may offer some unsolicited advice about living independently and would regale you with stories as regards the wide liberty afforded by independent living.

True enough, there are a lot of benefits when it comes to living alone (no one to boss you around, free to make your own choices without anyone’s interference or disapproval, etc.—truly an ideal setup for a millennial to live. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to afford to live on their own and may have to continue seeking board and shelter under the roof of the very home they spent their childhood in. Here are some of the very great reasons for living with extended family in one home:

 

1.)    LESSER BILLS TO PAY

When you are billeted under one roof, regardless of whether it is a residential home such as anvaya cove or a condominium unit in east gallery place, the reality is you have to earn your keep. You cannot expect to keep on mooching off from your parents or relatives and in a sense; it would give you some semblance of financial responsibility by taking the initiative of paying a fraction of the bills. Sharing economic responsibilities would reduce the family’s money strain and would grant you a wider leverage over where your money goes.

2.)    YOU WOULD NOT NEED ANY HIRED HELP

Considering that there are more heads in one home, the division of household tasks would be incredibly easy. Additionally, parents would not have to worry about leaving kids with nannies or hired help as the grandparents can do it—a better alternative as these are people you actually trust. Similarly, young adults can take care of their older family members who might have special needs.

3.)    LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER

One of the many perks of living in a multi-generational family is hearing the many anecdotes our grandparents would tell us about their time during the Second World War, or even how the times were vastly different than it is today. In the same vein, younger kids would be able to teach them how to use the personal computer, social media, and other modern technology. This is also the type of relationship that would foster strong bonds.

4.)    THERE IS ALWAYS A FAMILY SUPPORT STRUCTURE

Living with extended family means that the adults can share their burdens, worries, and responsibilities to the other adults,  they can also ask for advice from older family members. Likewise, kids would have a closer relationship with their cousins as they would be able to routinely play with them while they are at home just as siblings would do. As a result, a cultivation of various values and shared principles will ensue and naturally, it would form a close family support.

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Home Renovations 101: Four Renovations That Increase a Home’s Value

 

 

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Renovations come in many kinds. There are big ones, and there are small ones. However, while all renovations may be an excellent way to increase the value of your home, not all of them can deliver to that effect. More often than not, major renovations would greatly help in increasing a home’s value, but there are other times wherein some relatively minor change could achieve just that. The key here is to choose carefully what kind of renovations in your home in order to achieve the increased value that you want. This is crucial because unnecessary improvements would cause you to incur expenses which would not do you any favors at all.

There are many home improvement projects that may look feasible and are enticing to do and undertake. However, these do not necessarily add value to your home especially during a dismal home selling market. Even worse, some can even diminish the asking price when you do decide to sell. Knowing what renovations to add is pivotal not only in saving money but as a future investment as well. Here are some helpful tips in discerning which projects you should invest in and which ones you should skip. So that when you are either putting up your Pasig house for sale or have a house and lot for sale in Tagaytay, you would be guaranteed that these additions would justify the price they fetch.

1.) Remodel the kitchen

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One of the best features of a home is a good, functional and modern kitchen. This is why prospective buyers would look for something of the same in the potential house they buy. A tidy, spic and span modern kitchen will do wonders to improve the overall aura and value of a home. To give your kitchen that much needed facelift, you have two options: You can replace or recover depending on the state of your current kitchen and the budget you have allocated for such project. Remember that the key areas that are in need of attention when you are looking to replace or recover are the benches, cabinets, drawer fronts, skirting and handles as these are the most noticeable. Choose a singular color scheme that would sit well with the overall theme of your kitchen to add to its allure.

2.) Update the bathrooms

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Bathrooms are not called comfort rooms for nothing, so it is best that the ones in your house live up to that name. Comfort rooms should not only be clean, but they should exude an aura of comfort and coziness. A dated bathroom would immediately turn off prospective buyers and would significantly lower the fetching price of your homes. A bathroom update need not be expensive; you can already achieve wonders just by replacing fixtures such as cabinet fronts, faucets, as well as lightings. Be creative without breaking the bank in updating your bathrooms.

3.) Give your house a curb appeal

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Make your house a bit more attractive and enticing to potential buyers by adding an interesting aspect outside in the form of a curb appeal. If your house does not look appealing from the outside, there is a very big chance that prospective buyers would not even make it inside. You want your house to look welcoming and attractive, so make sure the outside would be enough to make the potential buyer conduct his scrutiny a little further by coming inside your home. Paved driveways, fresh painted exteriors, a beautiful and mowed lawn—these are just some of the things that would add bonus points to your curb appeal. Simply sprucing up the deck or your patio with furniture will give you something to enjoy and will even attract future buyers.

4.) Paint!

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The house’s paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to add value to it, yet this remains to be the most neglected. No matter what kind of buyer you have, any house with peeling paints or washed out ones are extreme turn offs as it would show the owner’s utter disregard for the appearance of his/her home. When you decide to apply a fresh coat of paint in your houses, however, remember that it extends beyond the exterior. Apply it everywhere such as the home’s interior walls, the siding, the trim and other associated elements such as decks and sheds. Neutral colors might be the best way to incorporate a versatile look to any area, but do not be afraid to introduce a splash of colors to give it a fresh new look. Just try to steer clear from the super-bright colors such as neon hot pink and yellow.

 

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Top 5 Decisions New Home Buyers Must Consider

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Purchasing a property is an ideal investment one can make. For some people, owning a home is a fulfillment of their dream. But just like any other investments, there are pros and cons when it comes to real estate investment. Before you decide to choose a particular property, there are things you need to consider for as not to regret any decisions later on. And it does not matter if you plan to invest in any Ayala Land properties, you need to be mindful of the preferences you have for a dream home.
However, if you think that investing in a property is just a piece of cake, then you better think again. There are certain steps or guidelines you need to know and follow for you not to experience real estate nightmares. Just because you like a particular property, that does not mean it is best for you to have. Especially if you are one of the first time home buyers, you should consider these things below before you jump into any decisions.

1. Whether to work with a Realtor

While it is true that hiring realtor is important in real estate transaction, it is still up to you on whether or not to hire one. Off course that if you have enough knowledge about the whole process of the transaction. However, if this is your first time in buying a home, then it is best for you to hire a professional agent to make sure that you will have a smooth process of the transaction. Moreover, if there are any confusions about the process, you can always ask your realtor about it. They will be the one who will explain what and what not to do when it comes to real estate investment.

2. Whether to work with a buyer’s agent only

There are some real estate agents are buyers agents or some are sellers agents and some do both. That means you have to know which of the parties you wish to work with. Choosing the right agent is can be a tricky thing to do. That is why it is best for you to be keen when it comes to your decision. Of course, you also have to weigh which party should you trust to make sure that your real estate investment is a success.

3. What neighborhoods to look in

Whether you realize it or not, the community plays a big factor when it comes to healthy living. Obviously, you do not want to live in a place where you are not sure of the safety and security, right? That is why, when you go for house hunting, you have to make sure to ask what kind of neighborhood it has. Moreover, this is one of the many things you can make sure that your family will have a healthy environment to grow up with.

4. What you can afford

As a homebuyer, this is one of the most important decisions you need to consider. Never invest in a home that you cannot afford. Purchasing an expensive property that is beyond your primary income can give you a headache later on. This will lead to a financial problem if you are not careful in choosing and deciding on the kind of property you are going to purchase. Moreover, there are a lot of resources available in the real estate market. You can choose the right property for you to have.

5. Whether to deal with potential problems in the home

One way or another, there will be problems that can be found during the final walk-through of the property. That is why you need to make sure that there will be no damages that can ruin your son-to-be-home. And to give you a proper look at your home, it is advisable to hire a professional to make sure that everything is going to be okay.
Although decision-making can be a little bit tricky especially when you do not know anything about real estate, you can achieve a desirable outcome when you know these tips above.

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Home Living: Six Tips for Pet Odor Removal

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“Without pets, my house would be clean and my wallet would be full but my heart would be empty.” -Anonymous

It has been said that a house is not a home without a pet. Indeed, our four-legged friends have made our lives a lot easier and a lot less lonely with them hanging around in the house. Pets are extremely excellent companions especially for those of us who live alone as they are something akin to a family. Having pets has been so common that even some condo and apartment policies allow their condo unit owners or tenants to have them. However, as with anyone who lives with an indoor pet over time, the smell can get a tad bit unbearable.

Pets may be your beloved companion or regarded as family, but they are still animals nonetheless. This means that they can still like to get into rather gross things and would create messes for us to clean up from time to time. And really, no one would like their homes to perpetually smell like a wet dog or a litter box. Grooming and looking after our pets are both ideal measures to keep them fresh and clean, but these measures can only get so far when it comes to deodorizing your homes. In essence, you need to take the extra mile if you want your homes to smell fresh again and fortunately, there are a lot of resources you can utilize to minimize pet odors. Whether you are living in a lush condo such as arbor lanes or in a house and lot in Ayala Bataan, welcome fresh air into your homes once again with these tips.

1.) PAY ATTENTION TO LESSER KNOWN AREAS

If your pets are not on a leash and are known to freely roam around the house, they might have created messes and odors you would not normally notice on a superficial cleanup session. Common areas that may have missed your notice and your cleaning sessions are the baseboards, the insides of cabinets, along windowsills and under sinks. If something still reeks even after a thorough sprucing up, check these areas out and start scrubbing.

2.) OPEN WINDOWS ON NICE DAYS

It is always good to welcome fresh air into our homes and if you are looking to get rid of pet odor, then this is always a good option. Open some windows and let fresh and natural air In. This will help lift some malodorous smells from your furniture, carpets, and curtains. If it is a nice windy day out, keep a window open.

3.) USE BAKING SODA

It is safe to assume that when you have furry friends with you in your homes, small accidents can happen. Baking soda will be your best friend in your attempts in getting rid of the small. It is a universal safe odor neutralizer utilized for decades to eliminate any kind of odors in your home and not just ones caused by your pets. It works well on carpets and is non-toxic making this a great alternative to chemical cleaning solutions.

4.) INVEST IN A GOOD AIR FRESHENER

Air fresheners normally just mask the odor and would not actually eliminate the bacteria and germs that cause said odor. Once the scent is away, your homes will reek of odors once more. Some air fresheners would event aggravate the smell making it imperative for you to find a good air freshener. Do your research before purchasing and make sure that these are non-toxic. Visit your local pet shop; they have a lot of these that may be suitable for your homes.

5.) KEEP THE LITTER BOX IN AN OPEN AREA

Give your feline pets an easier time to locate the litter box by placing it where it is easily accessible. Additionally , it is a good idea to strategically place it in areas with plenty of ventilation. Do not store it in enclosed places or the odor will be exacerbated. Scoop litter regularly to prevent any lingering smells.

6.) CLEAN CARPETS, RUGS AND FURNITURE

Carpet, rugs, and furniture are all household items that your pets may have urinated on. If left unattended, this can potentially seep into the fabric or material and would spread deep into them. Routinely clean them to guarantee that they are free from odor as leaving it for days at a time will make it potentially develop into an odor more rancid.

 

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Home Living 101: Disaster Proofing Your Home

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“We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge; so many lives would not have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness” –Petra Nemcoya

Natural disasters, no matter how well-prepared we are for them, are inevitable. A lifetime of savings in buying and annually paying a home, months of erecting and establishing that very same home can all be gone in the blink of an eye and without warning. Whether this disaster may be a fire, a typhoon/hurricane, a freak tornado, earthquakes or destroyed by constant inundation—nothing will truly prepare you for losing a home which you have worked all of your life to build. For this reason, disaster preparedness as well as disaster-proofing your homes are imperative measures you need to undertake in order for you to take on any sort of brunt these fortuitous disasters may bring. These are crucial in keeping your home base and the members residing in it safe.

So, take a look at the measures listed down below because whether you are looking for a rental lot in abreeza residences or are looking to buy a lot in Alveo Laguna, knowing how to prepare yourself and your homes for an impending natural disaster can make all the difference between surviving and not making it.

FLOODS

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Safeguard electrical sockets and appliances at home

One very precarious situation you would be in the event of a flooding is electrocution. For this reason, your sockets, raise switches, wirings and circuit breakers should at least a foot above the expect flood level in your area. When water starts rising outside, be sure to keep appliances in elevated areas to prevent them from breaking or electrocuting you. If your house is constantly inundated in the event of a storm or a rain, it might be time to renovate and elevate the area.

Anchor and raise outdoor equipment

Electrical power units and generators should never sit on the ground or those backup facilities will be rendered useless by the inundation of water. In the same vein, fuel tanks and the like should be anchored and raised above your flood level. If these are unanchored, they have the tendency to break free and severed supply lines will contaminate the surrounding ground.

Determine how water flows around your house

Take a look at the grading or slope of your home (generally the angle of the ground that would direct water to or from your house). Then observe how the water flows or accumulates in the event of a torrential rain. It is best if your home is built in a way that water would drain away from the building. If your stress is prone to inundation even in the event of a light rain, talk to the home association as to how you can remedy this.

EARTHQUAKES

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Strengthen your walls

Walls are often vulnerable to collapse during earthquakes and even more so are cripple walls. These walls are short, wood-framed walls found above the foundation in crawl spaces or in some certain homes, basements. Have your contractor install a plywood or cross-bracing in order to fortify these cripple walls which would reduce the risk of collapse.

Add strapping or bolts to strengthen the connection between the home and the foundation

This is imperative if you do not want your home to collapse in the event of an earthquake as this will reinforce your home. Your contractor should be able to do this. Additionally, if you have water heaters installed at home, have them strapped to a wall so that it is less likely to break away and cause damage.

FIRES

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Make sure there are no overloaded sockets or wires

One way to start a fire is to precariously overload a socket with too many extension wires that would be connected to a lot of plugs. Another cardinal sign that you are overloading your wires is continuously blowing a fuse when you are turning on a particular light or using a certain electrical outlet. Call your electrician as soon as possible to prevent a fire hazard.

Double check your smoke/fire alarms

If there is one vital alarm you should have at your home, it should be a smoke alarm that is working at all times. To make sure they are, they should be checked at least twice a year and immediately replaced should there be any glitch or anything that is faulty with it that would prevent it from sounding off at the appropriate time.

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6 Things To Do Before Hiring A Mover

 

 

What comes to your mind when we talk about moving out? Perhaps, a lot of you will think about what to do to make sure that there will be no damages while moving the things.

That is why most people would prefer hiring some professional movers to make sure that their things are still intact after the transfer. You may be moving into your new condo in Quezon City or any other real estate properties in the Philippines, hiring a mover is a good choice. However, you also have to know that not all movers are professional enough to do their job properly.

There are actually a lot of things you need to consider before deciding what moving company you should choose. And if you are one of those people who are first timers in hiring a mover, you might as well refer to these tips below on how you can effectively hire a mover.

1. Get recommendation

One of the things you might want to consider is the recommendations from your family and friends. Since they suggested that particular moving company, that means they trusted them when it comes to handling the things of their clients. Obviously, they will not recommend it to you when they know that mover is not that trustworthy enough to do the job properly.

 2. Do an initial screening

When choosing the right moving company, don’t just stick to one option. You must have a list of the companies you may want to hire. And for you to know if they are good enough, do some initial screening on them. Well, you can base your judgments on the reviews from their clients on whether they have a good service or not. And if they don’t have high ratings when it comes to the services they gave, then you might as well find another one.

3. You should end up with at least three or four companies to call for an in-home estimate

After narrowing down your options, make sure to end up with at least three or four companies on your list. Well, that is for you to make sure that if one is not available at that moment, then you still have the other three options for you to call. Just make sure that those remaining companies in your list are all trustworthy and professional enough on their field of work.

4. When an estimator comes to your home, show home everything

When you hire a mover, you should also expect that there will be estimators that will come to your home. Of course, they have to know how many moves will it takes to transfer all of your belongings to your new home. From the things in your closet, backyard, basement, and even in the attic, you have to show them everything. This will also give the estimator an idea on how much you should pay for the overall moving package.

5. When you’ve gotten all your estimates in, compare the bids

Whether you realize it or not, each moving company has their own way to estimate your things. That is why it is a must for you to know which company offers a lower price than the other. Moreover, don’t forget to make sure if there are any add-ons on the overall cost of the moving process.

6. Make sure your moving company has the license and insurance it needs to move your things legally

For you to avoid any complications later on, you need to make sure that the company you choose is legally enough to do the job. At least, if there will be some problems later on, at least you know where to complain. Moreover, this is also to ensure that they are not any scammers who will trick you will a higher price yet with a lower quality of moving services.